Thursday, April 5, 2018

April 30-May 11, ....FEMA Invites Whole Community to Participate in National Level Exercise

FEMA Invites Whole Community to Participate in National Level Exercise

On April 3, FEMA announced that the agency is conducting its 2018 National Level Exercise for the whole community and would like to invite other government agencies, representatives and organizations in the private sector, communities, and individuals to participate in this historic exercise. The 2018 National Level Exercise (NLE), based on a mid-Atlantic hurricane scenario, represents one key step towards implementing FEMA’s recently released 2018-2022 Strategic Plan.

The 2018 National Level Exercise, which takes place April 30-May 11, is the first major exercise following the release of the 2018-2022 FEMA Strategic Plan. The exercise supports the three goals of the Strategic Plan: Build a Culture of Preparedness by empowering the country to participate and enhance their own preparedness for future disasters; to build FEMA, our state and local partners, and all participants’ readiness for potential catastrophic events; and to reduce the complexity of FEMA by closely incorporating our partners into the exercise side-by-side with FEMA as we execute our mission in an exercise.

The 2018 exercise will also employ and test lessons learned from the 2017 hurricane season. Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Maria, and Nate tested FEMA’s readiness, and incorporating those lessons into this exercise, and testing our response, will help build our readiness as an agency and as a nation for the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season and future disasters across the country.

FEMA will also use the NLE to engage individuals, businesses, and community organizations on topics such as alerts and warnings, family communications planning, mitigation through insurance, business resilience, and mobilization of the private sector during disasters to help build a culture of preparedness.

This exercise also represents ongoing engagement with the private sector and infrastructure to test our coordination through all levels of government in exercise play, from engagement with the National Business Emergency Operations Center (NBEOC), to the regional level with FEMA Region III’s Regional Business Emergency Operations Center (RBEOC), and the state level with our state partners’ State Business Emergency Operations Centers. The private sector plays an invaluable role in helping communities respond to and recover from disasters, and this exercise empowers FEMA to work closely with those organizations and strengthen our partnerships for future events.

As part of FEMA’s goal of encouraging and building participation in the exercise across the nation, we developed fact sheets on how individuals, communities, and the private sector and infrastructure can respectively engage with us on this exercise. The 2018 National Level Exercise presents an opportunity to prepare for a potential hurricane using a scenario and lessons learned from the 2017 Hurricane Season as we look ahead to the 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season starting June 1.

The 2018 National Level Exercise provides an opportunity for FEMA to put the 2018-2022 Strategic Plan into action, and FEMA is inviting you, our partners, to participate. We encourage you to open and share the fact sheets, and to take action to prepare for future hurricanes. The 2017 Hurricane Season has taught us many lessons, including the value of being prepared for the unexpected. Take action today to prepare for tomorrow.

To learn more, please visit: Additionally, if you have any questions, please contact about participating in the 2018 National Level Exercise.

April 2018 EPA Announces New Funding for Water Infrastructure Projects
For Immediate Release: April 4, 2018
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EPA Announces New Funding for Water Infrastructure Projects

Funding will leverage public and private investments to keep lead and other contaminants out of drinking water and upgrade aging water infrastructure

SAN FRANCISCO –Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the availability of funding that could provide as much as $5.5 billion in loans, which could leverage over $11 billion in water infrastructure projects through the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) program. Prospective borrowers seeking WIFIA credit assistance must submit a letter of interest (LOI) by July 6, 2018.

“Thanks to the President’s leadership, this WIFIA funding will spark new investments to repair our nation’s crumbling water infrastructure,” said EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. “EPA will play a key tole in the President's infrastructure efforts by incentivizing states, municipalities, and public-private partnerships to protect public health, fix local infrastructure problems, create jobs, and provide clean water to communities."

The WIFIA program received $63 million in funding in the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018, which was signed into law by President Trump on March 23, 2018. This more than doubles the program’s funding from 2017. Leveraging private capital and other funding sources, these projects could support $11 billion in water infrastructure investment and create more than 170,000 jobs. This year’s Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) highlights the importance of protecting public health including reducing exposure to lead and other contaminants in drinking water systems and updating the nation’s aging infrastructure.  

“These funds create opportunities for local communities to address crucial water infrastructure needs,” said Alexis Strauss, Acting Regional Administrator for the EPA’s Pacific Southwest office. “Partnering with states and local communities to provide these low interest loans helps leverage the funding needed to protect public health and the environment.”

The WIFIA program will play an important part in making vital improvements to the nation’s water infrastructure and implementing the President’s Infrastructure Plan, which calls for increasing the program’s funding authorization and expanding project eligibility.

Established by the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act of 2014, the WIFIA program is a federal loan and guarantee program at EPA that aims to accelerate investment in the nation’s water infrastructure by providing long-term, low-cost supplemental loans for regionally and nationally significant projects.

WIFIA credit assistance can be used for a wide range of projects, including:
·        drinking water treatment and distribution projects
·        wastewater conveyance and treatment projects
·        enhanced energy efficiency projects at drinking water and wastewater facilities
·        desalination, aquifer recharge, alternative water supply, and water recycling project
·        drought prevention, reduction, or mitigation projects

EPA will evaluate proposed projects described in the LOIs using WIFIA’s statutory and regulatory criteria as described in the NOFA. Through this competitive process, EPA will select projects that it intends to fund and invite them to continue to the application process.

In 2017, for WIFIA’s inaugural round, EPA invited 12 projects in 9 states to apply for more than $2 billion in WIFIA loans.

For more information about WIFIA and this funding announcement, visit:

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Ghana Ambassador Lucheon. Sister Cities. Thursday, April 12, 2018. Washington, D.C.

Diplomatic Luncheon Series: Ambassador of Ghana to U.S.

Join us at the City Club of Washington for our Diplomatic luncheon on Thursday, April 12. This month's speaker, His Excellency Dr. Barfuor Adjei-Barwuah, Ambassador of the Republic of Ghana to the United States, will speak about his work and the importance of citizen diplomacy while attendees enjoy lunch. 

Please email or call 202-347-0818 to RSVP. 

Download the informational flyer.

Deadline May 29, 2018. $23.7Million Grants for Serious Mental Illness

SAMHSA Is Accepting Applications for up to $23.7 Million in Grants To Treat Serious Mental Illness

Application Due Date: Tuesday, May 29, 2018

SAMHSA is accepting applications for its Assertive Community Treatment grants and expects to award up to seven grants, of up to $678,000 per year, for up to 5 years. The grants will be used to improve behavioral health outcomes by reducing the rates of hospitalization and death for people with a serious mental illness (SMI). SAMHSA expects that the program will also reduce the rates of substance use, homelessness and involvement with the criminal justice system among people with SMI.
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